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Defense Spending

The Big Picture

The U.S. spends more on defense than any other nation. The priorities of our government need to be reevaluated, and we need to drastically shift the focus from defense to domestic spending. The current system reduces investment in our own people and infrastructure.

Two of the biggest factors behind our culture of war are the lack of transparency in the defense sector and the extreme power and influence that defense contractors hold in Washington. ADA will work to draw attention to these issues.

Key Points

Our national security budget for fiscal year 2013 will be a staggering $1 trillion dollars. And that sum includes projected cuts. We will be spending roughly $530 billion on the military alone, which contains a 2.5% cut from 2012. At the same time, we are witnessing the gutting of our social programs. For instance, the federal government is expected to spend only $64 billion on our broken education system in 2013. We will spend over 8 times this amount on military and defense efforts.

The U.S. accounts for 43 percent of all defense spending worldwide. We spend six times more than China, twelve times that of Russia, and our Navy is larger than the next thirteen navies combined.

The U.S. needs greater transparency to make public the true defense spending figures. Currently, it is nearly impossible to obtain a comprehensive amount that we spend on total “defense efforts”. (need facts)

Defense contractors have far too much influence in our political system. The top five U.S. defense contractors increased spending on lobbying by a combined 11.5 percent in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the same quarter in 2011.